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My 1547 Copy of; "Letters di Tolomei" from Prince Augustino Landi to Claudio Tolomei..... In a very interesting letter to Count Agostino de 'Landi, dated November 14, 1542, Tolomei outlines the activity and goals of the Roman Accademia della Virtù, originally established to implement the transposing of literary forms, grammar and vocabulary from classical Latin to modern Italian . After 1539 the academy, then composed of grammarians, philologists, antiquarians and archaeologists, turned to the study of Vitruvius' treatise on architecture. According to Ptolemy's letter, the academy had formulated an eight-point program: 1) a Latin commentary on the difficult passages of Vitruvius, 2) a new critical edition of Vitruvius, 3) a Latin lexicon of terms used in Vitruvius, 4) a greek lexicon of terms used in Vitruvius, 5) an edition of Vitruvius rewritten in good Latin style, 6) a translation of Vitruvius' text into Tuscan with a lexicon of Tuscan terms, 7) a collection of the principles and examples taken from Vitruvius, 8) the study of the ancient buildings of Rome, and of its sculpture, medals, works of hydraulic and military engineering. Despite the removal of this group from active participation in architecture, it may have had considerable impact on the establishing of the selective methodology and the intellectual rigor of later architectural theoreticians. Among its members were Guillaume Philandrier, and for a short period Vignola, Palladio De l'Orme, Barbaro and Rusconi, all may have visited the Academia or have had contact with its members (cf. D. Wiebenson, ed., Architectural Theory and Practice from Alberti to Ledoux, Chicago, 1982, I-13). Another interesting letter is that addressed to Gabriel Cesano, dated June 20, 1544, in which Tolomei describes his project of a large city on the Monte Argentario promontory. This project was re-examined several times until the end of the 19th century (cf. L. Sbaragli, Claudio Tolomei, umanista Senese del Cinquecento, Siena, 1939, pp. 77-79). In the letter to Appollonio Filarete are mentioned the drawings by Perin del Varga and Michelangelo for the 'Cassetta Farnese' (Steinmann & Wittkower, Michelangelo-Bibliographie, Leipzig, 1927, no. 1932). Adams, T-784; S. Bongi, Annali di Gabriel Giolito de 'Ferrari da Trino di Monferrato stampatore in Venezia, (Rome, 1890-1897), I, pp. 201.203.
Here is an authentic, tested, Dinosaur fossil..Meat Eating Dinosaur Vertebra, The vertebral horns gone. Probably Tyrannosaurus Rex, 70-90 Million years. The hole is where they drilled to get the dating samples. Its Alpha Radiation + gets my Geiger Counter going good. They are Very Heavy because of the heavy metals that leached into them like lead and its cousin Uranium, thus the radioactivity. "offers"
POSTED on TALKING ANTIQUES TODAY...Anyone have any ideas?? Ginger Jar set without covers. Been in my collection for many years auction papers list them as "GREYISH-GREEN-GLAZED (proto)(??) PORCELAIN JARS - SUI-TANG DYNASTY (AD 581-907) "Not For Sale"
Many of these Incunabula (treasures) are being "broken up" and sold by the page unfortunately. They will never be whole again. Lost history.
This is one of my Incunabula restoration/ conservation "1496" Hardwood covers, bronze hardware, hemp cords beautifully rubricated All Original artwork. Stunning inside and out. Was able to conserve much of the original materials. It will now be around for another 1000 years at least. Many of these books are in boxes in museums, unreadable, turning to dust because its controversial to restore/ conserve. You can sit down and safely read this book right now. That's Why They Were Printed.
My Apothecary Collection
A few of over 600 Apothecary jars from my collection
mid 15th Century Italy one of a set of about 130. Most are in Italian museums. Got my hands on this one in 2005.
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19th century Ashtani Nigerian Africa Bronzes